An evergreen, woody-based shrubs with palmately-lobed leaves and saucer-shaped, five-petalled silky red flowers from early summer until autumn. Best planted in a pot and over-wintered in a conservatory or frost free glass house, but mature Anisodontea can tolerate light frosts in sheltered positions, such as a courtyard. Prune early in the year to encourage fresh flower-bearing shoots and feed regularly. Frost hardy to 0C.
Fine, large shrub with arching branches with pale silver-green foliage. Large lavender blue flower with orange eyes in mid summer through to autumn, very attractive to butterflies and bees. Cut back hard in mid-March. H:1-2m. Full sun preferred and reasonably well drained soils preferred . RHS Award of Garden Merit
Large deciduous shrub or small tree bearing abundant, arching and elegant branches fragrant lilac-coloured flowers on previous year's growth. Prefers full sun and moist but well drained soil. Trim after flowering. Native to China. AGM
An unusual hybrid form of the ever-popular 'butterfly bush' combining the generous flowering of the Chinese Buddleia davidii amd the golden flower colour of the South American B. globosa. Pale creamy-apricot to lilac flowers with rich golden-orange centres open from small dusky French blue buds. Best in full sun and reasonably well drained soils. Cut back hard in spring if desired to retain a compact and tidy plant. Fully hardy. H: 1-3m
Sun-loving and drought-resistant shrub from Australia,. Grown for its mauve 'bottle brush' flowers. Best in full sun, and poor, well drained soil, sheltered from cold northerly winds. In colder areas consider keeping in a pot and over-wintering in a cool glasshouse or conservatory. Hardy to at least 0C and probably -5C when slightly mature, gaining hardiness with age.. H:1-3m
This is a small evergreen tree or medium shrub with aromatic olive green, lance shaped leaves. Small pale yellow flower spikes are born in early summer. Plant in neutral to acid, moderately fertile and well drained soil in full sun. H:1m.
Sun-loving and fully hardy shrub, best grown in well drained soils. Masses of fragrant, deep bluish-purple flowers from late summer into autumn. Dull green aromatic leaves are silvery underneath. Very attractive to butterflies and bees. H:75cm